Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Associate Dean of Continuing Studies: Mark L. Parker 
Program Manager: B. Allison Crowson

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program (BSCJ) is a degree-completion program designed for experienced law enforcement and criminal justice professionals who seek to complete their bachelor's degree thus enhancing opportunities for advancement within their careers or opportunities within the law enforcement, intelligence and security communities. This program is an excellent and logical fit for both civilian and military population and specifically, soldiers within Army Special Operations (USASOC) and the Marine Corps who have specialized training in the areas of law enforcement, security, and intelligence. The program offers a solid foundation of criminal justice courses as well as a minor in Intelligence and Security Management.

In addition, the program offers an option in which students complete foundation courses and then draw from a wide range of elective courses to self-design their program. Additional requirements include general education courses, a field study course and a capstone course.

Students entering the Criminal Justice degree program may receive the equivalent of up to 90 credit hours for prior college coursework, military training, and/or law enforcement training courses as reviewed for credit by the American Council on Education or a similarly recognized organization. Students complete the remaining credits through Norwich University in a structured program that will typically require two to four years to complete, depending upon a student's full-time or part-time enrollment status and work/military deployment schedule.


  • Knowledge--Graduates will demonstrate superior knowledge of criminology, criminal law, and the criminal justice system compared to their peers from similar programs.
  •  Skills--Graduates will have the critical thinking and communications skills to analyze and articulate the effectiveness, ethical underpinnings and theoretical basis of criminal justice and social policies, programs and practices.
  •  Careers--Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain employment in their desired career field, and/or to gain acceptance to graduate school.
  •  Values--Graduates will exhibit professionalism, leadership, and a commitment to lifelong learning through their careers and/or in their public service.


Upon graduation, students will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the field as measured by the following assessment indicators of the ETS (Educational Testing Service) Field Test in Criminal Justice:

  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • The Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • The Court System
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research Methodology and Statistics

Careers for this Major:

  • federal law enforcement
  • intelligence agents
  • private and corporate security personnel
  • state and local police officers
  • probation and parole officers
  • crime analysts

Curriculum Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) is designed for students with at least 30 credit hours of prior college coursework or its equivalent in eligible military or professional training. The program consists of four curriculum areas: 

  • Core Courses
  • Degree Electives
  • Field Study Courses
  • Capstone
Major Requirements
CRMJ 201Foundations Criminal Justice3
CRMJ 303The Study of Crime3
CRMJ 305Law Enforcement Administration3
CRMJ 306Procedural Due Process3
HIST 210History of US Constitution3
SOCI 220Cultural Issues & CJ System3
SOCI 209Methods of Social Science Research3
PHLS 324Criminal Justice Ethics3
COMM 312Intercultural Communication3
MATH 232Elementary Statistics3
Degree Electives
COMM 302Data Analysis and Writing3
SCIE 202Science, Technology and Procedures in Forensic Investigations3
ENGL 250Crime in Literature3
MNGT 315Leadership3
SCIE 301Environmental Science3
ENGL 270Military Literature3
INSC 311Intro Homeland Security Intell3
INSC 313Global Security & Intelligence3
INSC 320Intelligence Management3
POLS 302National Security Policy3
POLS 316Domestic Terrorism3
POLS 318International Terrorism3
SOCI 322Drugs and Gangs3
SSDA 310Emergency and Disaster Relief Operations6
SSDA 320Information Operations6
SSDA 315Insurgency and Conflict6
SOCI 325Public Safety Diverse Society3
SOCI 335Intro to Cultural Competence3
CRMJ 340Foundations in Interrogation3
CRMJ 307Cold Case Investigations3
INDE 490Selected Topics6
SOCI 406Area Studies6
ECON 401Economic Studies (Field Study Courses)6
Field Study Courses
SOCI 401Culture and Anthropology6
Required Capstone Course
CRMJ 400Capstone6
Total Cr.60

Minor in Intelligence and Security

Students seeking the minor in Intelligence and Security must complete 18 semester-credits from the following courses. 

Minor Courses
Intercultural Communication3
SSDA 320Information Operations6
Intro Homeland Security Intell3
Global Security & Intelligence3
Security Coordin&Collaboration3
Intelligence Management3
National Security Policy3

Pre-Program Education and Training

Students accepted into the Criminal Justice degree program must have earned a minimum of 30 semester credits from college courses, military training, or other educational experiences such as CLEP tests. A maximum of 90 semester credits may be transferred into the program.

General Education

Students are required to meet general education competencies in writing, literature, history, arts and humanities, science, social science, and math and may do so by transfer credit or enrollment in courses offered through the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Transfer Credit and Student Progress in the Program

CLEP and DSST exams may be accepted for transfer credit by the program manager, depending on the requirements of the Norwich course for which credit is sought. CLEP and DSST transcripts must be applied to a student’s record by the time they have earned 100 credits in their program. No credit derived from CLEP or DSST exams will be applied to the student’s record after this point.

Students must complete all core and elective coursework, including any courses necessary to fulfill required general education competencies, before being enrolled in a field study course unless given prior written approval by the program manager.

Students must complete all required coursework including any required field study courses before being enrolled in a capstone course, unless given prior written approval by the program manager.

All transfer credit must be applied to the student’s record before being enrolled in a capstone course.

Faculty Member Institution at which highest degree was earned
Michael D'Ambrosio, MSCJ University of Cincinnati
Michael Baily, DM Colorado Tech University
David Blank, PhD Dartmouth College
Natalia Blank, PhD Dartmouth College
Frank Colaprete, PhD Nova Southeastern University
Jevon Thompson, MPA Norwich University